Rosewood flooding

Residents of Rosewood Estates evacuate to escape from flood waters Saturday. 

During the horrific flooding in October 2015, Rosewood Estates residents found much of their neighborhood under water for days.

The area is behind Socastee High School and backs up to the Intracoastal Waterway.

In the days following Hurricane Matthew, these same folks thought they had dodged a bullet with little water coming from the waterway into their streets.

But that relief was short-lived.

On Friday night, water started pushing up through the streets and yards. By Saturday morning, the residents were facing floodwaters much higher and much more devastating than 2015’s onslaught.

Neighbors awoke to find members of the Horry County Fire and Rescue already on the scene with boats helping people to dry land.

A large South Carolina National Guard truck was brought in to help with evacuations of residents who couldn’t make their way through often waist-deep waters.

Clelia Turbeville has lived in the close-knit neighborhood since 1993. She said Saturday’s rising water was the highest she’s ever seen.

“Last night, the water got to my house,” Turbeville said. “This morning, it was up to my waist getting up here to dry ground.”

She said she gathered up her six dogs in a wagon before the water got too high and got them to safety before she closed up her house and left.

As she made her way to a drier street Saturday morning, she said she had to deal with water moccasins swimming close by.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do," she said, shaking her head. "I don’t have any flood insurance.”

Terri Straka said in all the years since she moved to Rosewood in 1991, she’s never seen flooding like she witnessed Saturday morning.

“It’s much worse than last October,” she said. “My street is where people usually come to because it’s always dry. Now my house is surrounded by water.”

She said many residents were afraid to move their vehicles to drier areas Friday night when the water started rising because the neighborhood was hit by a rash of car break-ins just before Matthew arrived.

Turbeville, Straka and other neighbors gathered near the fire department staging area said it’s always frustrating to hear about flooding in other parts of the county and state and their neighborhood seems to be overlooked.

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I'm the editor of the Myrtle Beach Herald, a weekly newspaper serving South Carolina's Grand Strand. I cover municipal government in Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. Know of a good story? Call me at 843-488-7258.

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